The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federally funded program administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is intended to provide contracting opportunities to small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. CamTran shall take reasonable steps to ensure that DBE's have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed, in whole or in part, with financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The objectives of CamTran's DBE program are:
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
- To ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws;
- To ensure that only firms fully meeting the eligibility requirements of the DBE program are permitted to participate;
- To help create a level playing field on which DBE's can fairly compete for DOT assisted contracts;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBE's in DOT assisted contracts;
- To help and assist in the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program; and
- To provide appropriate flexibility to establish and provide DBE's opportunities to participate in DOT assisted contracts in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.